Professor of Marine Studies

University of the South Pacific




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We are seeking to appoint an outstanding and highly motivated individual to the role of Professor in the discipline of Marine Studies.


About the Role

The School of Agriculture, Geography, Environment, Ocean, and Natural Sciences (SAGEONS) seeks to appoint a Professor of Marine Studies.

The appointee is expected to have made a sustained and excellent contribution at the international level to academic research, tertiary teaching, and leadership in the areas of marine science; demonstrated sustained distinction in interdisciplinary contributions to champion academic standards and freedom; demonstrate excellent communication skills; the ability to network effectively and interact with a diverse range of students and staff; and sound understanding and experience of the Pacific Islands marine studies related training and research.

The appointee will take a leadership role in further strengthening the core offerings in the Discipline of Marine Studies, and to explore avenues for accreditation of Marine Studies courses and programs. The incumbent will also lead the design and development of the curriculum; teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses both on-campus and through the flexible modes of delivery; conduct and lead research in the areas of marine science; and contribute to the University’s research mandate. The incumbent should have a demonstrated international academic excellence, and outstanding contribution to teaching, research, and scholarship. He/she is a leader in the area, has initiated research and case studies in marine science, and has published findings in high ranked international journals.

The Appointee shall mainly be responsible for the following;


  • provide academic leadership and foster excellence in research, teaching and scholarly activities in the discipline;
  • assume the role of substantive Head of School/Discipline and participate in School and University services;
  • develop and administer programmes in the discipline;
  • undertake course planning, development, coordination and delivery (including online and face to face teaching);
  • academic counselling and consultation with students;
  • supervise research students to the successful completion of postgraduate programmes; and
  • conduct and publish individual and/or collaborative research.


The Person We Seek

To be considered for Professor position, applicants must have;

  • A PhD in the marine studies or cognate discipline, and be a leading, international authority in this area;
  • extensive teaching experience;
  • made a sustained and excellent contribution at international level to academic research and leadership within the relevant discipline;
  • demonstrated sustained distinction in your interdisciplinary contributions;
  • championed academic standards and freedom;
  • demonstrated excellent communication skills, and the ability to network effectively and interact with a diverse range of students and staff;
  • demonstrated sustained leadership in tertiary teaching, including research-informed teaching, curriculum development and the enhancement of teaching quality, and demonstrated commitment to promoting and advancing the principles of equity, inclusion, and diversity;
  • an outstanding track record in research, with outcomes of high quality and impact (including peer-reviewed publications, e.g. journal articles, book chapters, monographs), evidence of attracting external funding and/or of principal investigation in international research projects, and proven experience in successfully recruiting and supervising research students to completion.


Professor should:


-       Demonstrate excellence in teaching in a multicultural environment;

-       Excellent written and oral communication skills;

-       Experienced with distance and flexible learning.

The position is available for a term of 5 years and may be renewed by mutual agreement.

Salary Range: FJ $153,416 to $165,855 per annum.

The University may offer an attractive market loading to exceptional candidates.

Enquiries: Professor Surendra Prasad – Head of School (SAGEONS), School of Agriculture, Geography, Environment, Ocean and Natural Sciences; ph: (679) 323 2416 email:

Closing date for applications: 28 July 2024

How to Apply


Click the Apply button to apply for this position online.

The advertisement criteria are available on our University website (  under the Employment Opportunities.

Please include the following documents in your application: Academic Credentials/Transcripts, Cover letter clearly addressing key Selection Criteria and Resume with names of three referees, one of which must be your current or most recent direct work supervisor. Referees will only be contacted if you are selected.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

USP is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities to work in an inclusive environment. USP encourages all qualified candidates to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious, and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities.

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